Groundwork has a team of trained teachers and youth workers who understand the unique challenges schools and young people face and are sensitive to the varied requirements of different schools and youth groups.
Take a look through our project profiles below for more detailed information on what we can offer.
Growing in schools
Groundwork Education Officers can offer a range of practical, horticultural activities and courses in schools to encourage healthy eating through learning how to grow fruit and vegetables throughout the growing season. Projects include:
• Family growing – growing fruit and vegetables with parents and children.
• Grow Global – gardening club during school or after school.
• Veg Fest – inter-school growing competition culminating in a community celebration event.
• City and Guilds Award or Certificate in Practical Horticultural Skills.
Profile - Grow Global
Profile - Vegfest
Profile - Accredited Learning
Profile - Family Growing & Profile - Family Learning
Energy saving in schools
Groundwork can deliver an inter-school energy saving competition called Switch On To Turning Off (SOTTO). Groundwork Education Officers can deliver an energy saving programme of workshops in schools or train sixth form students to deliver the project in their feeder primary schools. The project culminates in an energy saving award ceremony.
Profile - SOTTO: Schools Switch On To Turning Off
Groundwork Education Officers can plan and deliver tailor-made twilight or INSET teacher training on outdoor learning linked to the 2014 National Curriculum.
Profile - Teacher Training
School grounds improvement
Groundwork are an experienced team who can manage school grounds development projects from consultation to design to practical implementation. They have built up a successful and wide-ranging portfolio of work (see landscape architecture section)
Profile - School Grounds Improvements
Workshops in schools
Groundwork Education Officers can plan and deliver tailor-made workshops in school teaching the 2014 National Curriculum in the outdoor environment, in particular practical hands-on science, literacy, numeracy, geography and art activities.
Profile - Nature Next Door
The Groundwork Education team have built up a portfolio of educational heritage and environmental resources including educational trails, lesson activities and resources.
Profile - Heritage education
Profile - Motiv8 - Motiv8 projects are designed to support and engage young people who may be disaffected and close to being excluded from school, and those who have already been excluded.
Profile - Aspire - Aspire explores the personal issues that cause low self-esteem, behavioural issues and disaffection in school. The project focuses on positive youth development issues such as drugs and alcohol misuse, sexual health, young parents, relationships, aspirations, communication and team-building.
Profile - RISE - Relationships, identity, self esteem and educated choices. The programme works with pupils to identify their values, identity, choices and actions and also the ramifications of these - not just to themselves, but how they impact their families and the wider community.
Profile - Really Wild Club - The Really Wild after school club aims to give pupils a fun and exciting club to participate in within their own school grounds which will help them to appreciate the natural environment and improve their social skills.
Profile - Summer School - Summer School gives children the opportunity to continue learning through the summer holidays. The programme works towards the John Muir environmental award scheme which encourages awareness and responsibility for the natural environment, in the spirit of fun, adventure and exploration.
Profile - Needs Led Provision and Profile - Needs Led Provision (11-19) - Our needs-led provision supports vulnerable young people at risk to reach their full potential. Our qualified youth workers and trained volunteers work with young people who need extra support to discuss and manage their issues.